Obviously Gravity is more of a personal story...I'm just wondering....would it have better. .Then again...Maybe the movie was hitting on that no matter what happened before in your life....you've got to move ahead and keep living.
Movies CAN have too much, that much is true. Too many layers. Too many characters. Too many meanings and paths for interpretation. Too much, becomes nothing.
While just MAYBE a criticism, I tend to think that the efficiency of the story and characters, was a big part of the film. For example, everyone saying there was no story are sorely mistaken. There just wasn't an overabundance of many. There was one, and only one. They missed the completely real, and very poignant tale of love, loss, forgiveness and faith.
I think everyone goes into a movie wanting 6 characters, 3 major characters, 17 different meanings and critiques, 24 relationships, 16 love stories, a back-story, 10 future possibilities, etc. So when a movie cuts it down so much. 2 characters. 1 Story, 2 relationships, Man vs. Nature it can be completely misinterpreted as having "no story," or "not enough story."